Oh, Christmas Tree

On an unusually chilly Monday night, we drove to pick out our 2011 Christmas Tree. Buying a new Frasier Fir is one of the highlights of my entire year, and it has been since I was a little girl and my family would drive to “Frosty’s” to find a tree. We called the tree lot “Frosty’s” because there was a giant inflatable snowman in the middle.

This year, we went to Home Depot and found a 7′ Frasier Fir. The lot smelled heavenly, and the crisp air was perfect for finding our tree. There’s something so magical about this tradition for me; it is the beacon of the joy of the season to come. Even though it’s not yet December, I was eager to get a tree as soon as possible so we could enjoy it as long as we could. We let the tree fall all day on Tuesday, and we will decorate the tree on Wednesday or Thursday night. Christmas season is here!

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Pregnancy Products I Can’t Live Without

I read a Baby Center article about the top nine pregnancy products mamas can’t live without, and I thought it would be fun to compare them to my top list of things that, through the first and second trimesters, I have found to be the most helpful and why.

1. Zofran
2. Prenatal vitamins
3. A really good, firm pillow
4. Bella Band
5. Gap maternity jeans
6. My most favorite yoga capris (no longer available online, boo hoo!)
7. YouTube

1. Zofran
I was a wreck throughout the first trimester. It was really, really rough. I lost weight, couldn’t eat and was dehydrated until I went to the doctor for the “yep, you’re pregnant!” appointment. While there, my nurse tried to get me admitted in to the hospital for dehydration, but my very wise and wonderful doctor listened to me, and we found a solution to my nausea and vomiting problem that didn’t involve an overnight stay. He suggested ginger, vitamins and one-half of a sleeping pill every morning and evening to try at first, and he also gave me a prescription for the generic pill for Zofran. He suggested I test out the first combination to see if it would quell the sickness, so I tried that combination for about a month. It didn’t work for me because the sleeping pill, which takes the edge off of the nausea, also put me to sleep! Not a great combination for my Monday-Friday job! Instead of switching immediately to Zofran, I took the vitamin supplement exclusively, and while I do think it worked, it did not kick the nausea completely. I was hesitant to take the prescription, but after a month, I filled it and began taking it. It was a game-changer. I was no longer sick from 4 p.m. to the time I went to bed every night. I could eat and drink more than cheerios and water and peppermint tea. I felt like my old self, for the most part, and I could finally get off the couch and do something. Let me be clear: I am not a pill-popper. I don’t like to take any medicine, whether over-the-counter or prescription, unless I absolutely have to. But this? I will know next time. Because the freedom it gave me back was priceless.

2. Prenatal Vitamins
Giving the baby all of the nutrients he needs and supplementing with DHA are musts. Taking my vitamins every day has the added benefit of making me feel like a good mom already. My sister-in-law Tiffany recommended New Chapter Organics Perfect Prenatal, and I like them. They are a little bit pricey, but you can find good deals for them.

3. A Really Good, Firm Pillow
I am a back-sleeper, and training myself to sleep on my side has been difficult. I’ve tried to do it by getting a firm pillow to rest my head on and sandwiching myself between other pillows with a pillow between my knees. I end up kicking every other pillow away, but the pillow I sleep on has made a difference in how quickly I fall asleep and how soundly I sleep. Invest in a good one.

4. Bella Bands
I have two bands, one in black and one in nude. They have been fantastic for making my jeans and work pants wearable a lot longer. I can’t recommend them enough if you don’t want, or can’t, replace your clothes with all maternity clothes.

5. Gap Maternity Jeans
With that said, I have purchased two pairs of Gap maternity jeans, and I love them both. One is demi-panel and one is full panel, and both fit well for a couple wearings. I have had problems with feeling like my pants were falling down, but I think that’s the nature of the pregnant pants. It’s strange to not have anything to button!

6. My Most Favorite Yoga Capris Ever
I have lived in these pants. They are not maternity, but they are my go-to for nights and weekends around the house and quick errands. I got them at Gap Body two or three years ago, and despite a growing pregnant belly, they remain comfortable. I implore you to find a good pair of comfy pants you can stand to be seen in outside of the house, too… you won’t want to take them off!

7. YouTube
YouTube seems like a strange recommendation, but for me it has been awesome. I do prenatal exercises to videos I find online, and having virtually unlimited options for yoga, pilates and other exercises for free has been awesome. I would love to find a class close by, but I haven’t so far. This has been a great substitute, though!

So that’s my list of can’t-live-withouts. I don’t think I forgot anything, although there are a few things (a big cup for water, a fan, etc.) that have been pretty important, too. I’d love to hear what works or worked for you throughout your pregnancy, especially through the third trimester!

27 Weeks


27 weeks: the end of the second trimester!

How am I feeling this week? I haven’t noticed any remarkable changes this week. I was nervous about driving to Texas and sitting in the car for 12 hours, but we took enough breaks to get gas and bathroom stops that I was able to get up and move enough. I was really concerned about this, but the only side effect of the drive seemed to be a tired back. It filled up my heart to spend time in Tyler with my family, and seeing how excited my family is about Baby Guy just makes me that much more excited. He is going to be so loved! Now, if only we could find a way to be closer. 

Other physical changes: I’ve noticed a little bit of heartburn this week. Will this guy have a head full of hair? Both his daddy and I did. We’ll see! I have an appointment later this week, so we’ll also see what my total weight gain has been so far.

Movement: I loved being able to share with my mom and dad the movements, especially after eating chocolate pie. He loved it! Driving was another time he was exceptionally active. I have noticed the jabs getting harder and harder, and some of them make me wince, not because they really hurt, but because the twinge I feel is unexpected. I can also more clearly feel his movement, and this week I noticed that I instinctively thought about his movement when I felt like he had been still for a long period of time. There seems to be less of a schedule regarding his movement this week, but much more movement overall.

Cravings: We are back to fruit! Also, my most favorite road trip snack, beef jerky. And I am so glad we got to have Grandy’s mashed potatoes when we were in Tyler! 

Etc.: My mom and sister are insistent on guessing the baby’s name. Actually, my sister just wants me to tell her. Not yet! This week I had a wonderful baby shower in Tyler, and I was/am overwhelmed by the love! My sister drove home from College Station Friday morning after the A&M/UT game Thursday night, baked and cooked, decorated and hosted a lovely shower. I am so grateful to her, my mom and our friends who were able to attend. Fun pictures to come! 

I feel more prepared with each passing week. I think hearing the advice from women who have been down this road, but who all have different stories to share, makes me feel confident that we have the things we really need. It’s overwhelming to think about preparing for a baby, but knowing that such an amazing support system exists for me and Aaron and the baby is invaluable and helps me sleep at night. Not that I need any help falling asleep! 

We are making our way back to Florida from the Thanksgiving holiday in Tyler. Our extra-long weekend trip included an overnight drive on Wednesday night/ Thursday morning, Thanksgiving dinner with one person notably absent (my sister, who was at the Texas A&M game and drove home Friday mor ing), a wonderful baby shower, a trip to Waco to see my dad’s team win in a thriller, getting a new phone and, most importantly, lots of time together.

My mom made us turkey sandwiches so we wouldn’t have to stop and buy fast food; she knows we hate to stop when we are driving. Anything to make the drive shorter! It hasn’t been as bad as I thought it would be, so hopefully that will continue as we pass through Mississippi, Alabama and the panhandle. 


I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving, and if you’re on the road, safe travels! 

We are making our way back to Florida from the Thanksgiving holiday in Tyler. Our extra-long weekend trip included an overnight drive on Wednesday night/ Thursday morning, Thanksgiving dinner with one person notably absent (my sister, who was at the Texas A&M game and drove home Friday mor ing), a wonderful baby shower, a trip to Waco to see my dad’s team win in a thriller, getting a new phone and, most importantly, lots of time together.

My mom made us turkey sandwiches so we wouldn’t have to stop and buy fast food; she knows we hate to stop when we are driving. Anything to make the drive shorter! It hasn’t been as bad as I thought it would be, so hopefully that will continue as we pass through Mississippi, Alabama and the panhandle.

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving, and if you’re on the road, safe travels!